mysuru: We will seek death penalty in Mysuru gang rape case: CM Basavaraj Bommai | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: Chief minister Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday took a stringent view into the Mysuru gangrape case by stating that the Karnataka government will seek the death penalty in the incident which has seen six people being arrested for henious crime.
At the end of the high voltage debate on the case in the legislative assembly, wherein the opposition alleged that police had failed in swift action while the government backed the cops, CM Bommai said the incident will be dealt with utmost care to bring the culprits to justice.
“I assure this house that the government will not allow any loopholes for the culprits to go scott free. We will file a water tight case against the accused and ensure that the charge sheet cannot be dismissed. Moreover, the government will seek the death penalty in the case which is one of the most henious crimes in the state in recent times,” said CM Bommai.
The incident had occurred on the evening of August 24 in Mysuru, wherein a student who was with a batchmate was assaulted by six men at the foothills of Chamundi hills in the educational and tourism hub of Mysuru.
The police have arrested six men in relation to the case within 80 hours of the incident happening, claimed the home minister Arga Jnanendra.
Jnanendra informed the house that the government is also going to seek a special advocate to fight the case and move swiftly in the prosecution.
“We are also taking a long term perspective on rape and atrocities against women by seeking the chief justice of Karnataka high court’s assent on setting up fast track courts to deal with the heinous crimes,” said Jnanendra.
Earlier, women legislators cutting across party lines took the men with devious minds to task over the incident.
“Let me tell, as a doctor and gynecologist, that your manhood is not dependent upon the testosterone. Use dopamine and other such elements in your brains and become a gentleman,” said Congress MLA Dr Anjali Nimbalkar.
The women legislators also took the Mysuru vice-chancellor to task by suggesting that women should not step out of their hostels post 6 pm.
“Let the Mysuru V-C lay down such laws for the male students, who will even jump over the campus walls. Such statements from the heads of educational institutions do not suit the 21st century. Does this mean that the government and state cannot protect women?” questioned MLA Vinisha Lobo and Roopa Shashidhar.
While MLA Soumya Reddy questioned over what happened to the allocations under the Nirbhaya funds, which amounts to Rs 436 crore, Laxmi Hebbalkar reminded the government that since 2018 there have 1,300 cases of rape in the state and only 6 were convicted.
“Of these cases, at least 70 per cent of the cases are those related to women from the backward classes and SC/ST community,” she reminded.
The legislators also demanded that awareness camps must be held in the state for the lawmen and the advocates about the Justice Verma recommendations on sexual crimes in the country.
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